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Scavengers

High-profile first wave Auckland punk outfit (archivists declare them THE original New Zealand punk outfit) who actually evolved out of the 1b Darlings, a glitter and glam r’n’b cover act dating back to 1976 comprised of Michael Simmons (soon to be Mike Lesbian – vocals), Marlon Hart (Mal Licious – bass), Simon Monroe (Des Truction – drums) and Paul Cooke (Johnny Volume – guitar). During late ’76 and 77 the band laid low, practising and cultivating their attack on new zealand, with a slew of imported british singles as their inspiration.

With the explosion of punk in New Zealand in min ’77, they steeped forward into the limelight, bringing the punk spectacle to Auckland along with the Suburban Reptiles, and brought out a couple of singles (including the fantastic anthem ‘Mysterx’ – later used in a telecom ad!, and the even better ‘True Love’), featured on the AK79 compilation. In the early 80s the Scavs had a number of line-up changes, eventually renaming themselves the Marching Girls and then relocating to Melbourne – producing an underwhelming EP.

They eventually had an album produced post-humously (from their some-what limited recordings) in 2003 with their self-titled (Scavengers) release.

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Shadowfax

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Shadowfax ep [1982]

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Shaft

Shaft is the now long-standing vehicle of prominent song-writer Bob Cardy (aka Bob Brannigan), original sludge-rocker guitarist for the Axemen and a stalwart of the New Zealand underground scene. As The Axemen faded away in the early 1990s, Cardy put together the Auckland-based Shaft with Tony Rush (bass – moved to Wellington and joined the Users) and Rich Mixture (drums – joined the Rock’N’Roll Machine), with former Axel Grinders guitarist John Segovia (who left to form the Radio Kings) joining soon after.

Several line-ups have come and gone over the bands gradual development, with Mark Peterson (bass – ex-Straightjacket Fits) and cameron rowe (keyboards – ex-Brunettes, coming and going with shaft currently employing Ben Maitlin (guitar – Box Car Guitars and brothers Sam and Stu Kett (bass and drums respectively).

In 2004 Shaft finally got themselves together long enough to release their first full-length album, with Open Sesame coming out on Lil Chief under the assistance of Bob Frisbee on production duties.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Pooty Ep [1996 Zero Zero007]

  • I Just Wanna Have Your Baby Ep [1996 Zero Zero010]

  • Cheap Candy Ep [1999 Action!]

  • Open Sesame [2004 Lil Chief Lcr008]

  • Down At Your Life [2006 Lil Chief Lcr018]

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Shakhan

Wellington metal outfit formed in 1997 and comprised of Rhys Williams (Rhythm Guitar), Martin Gadd (Vocals), Peter Elliott (Drums), Steve Goodfellow (Bass) and Paul Mclaren (Lead/Rhythm Guitar).

Discography (picks in bold)

  • In The Zone Ep [2002 Self-Released]

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Shaky Hands

Exciting post-punk type group (ala the Mint Chicks) that formed out of the indie-rock leaning Nova Echo with former guitarist Nick Johnson taking over the reigns as vocalist from the departing Jason Schoushkoff.

An exciting frontman known for his dramatic stunts like climbing walls and leaping from stages, Johnson leads a tight punky, but indie-influenced troop with a Smiths swagger (the group cover This Charming Man at pace) with the lineup of Phil (Bass), Michael (Guitar) And Brent (Drums). The group eventually changed their name to Cut Off Your Hands to avoid legal issues with an American group, and found even more success.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Cut Off Your Hands [2006 Self-Released]

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Screaming Meemees

Excellent, and highly popular post-punk / new-wave pop act out of auckland in the early 80s. Achieved unprecedented success with the release of ‘See Me Go’, a lovely poppy early single in the distinct Mee Mees style that managed to top the New Zealand charts without any radio play, purely on the popularity of their live shows and word of mouth.

How many times was this [‘See Me Go’ 7″ on Propeller] recorded and mixed. We finished the mix and went on tour, only to receive a “remix” that the marketing guy at Festival had done. It was unlistenable, although we were told that he’d substituted it for our mix on the release. A quick call to the pressing plant meant ours was substituted, the other one was quietly dumped, so the official release was ours. The funny thing was the marketing guy never noticed…..4000 copies in a week and number one…in fact the first NZ single to enter at 1.

Simon Grigg: taken from Griggs’ Propeller archive website.

The Mee Mees were soon to be touted as New Zealand’s most popular band with their rollicking debut If This Is Paradise, I’ll Take The Bag, and toured as part of the Screaming Blamatic roadshow in 1982 to huge crowds, a defining moment for New Zealand post-punk (championed by start-up label Propeller Recordings) – but their success was short lived with members Tony Drumm, Michael O’Niell, Peter Van Ver Fluit and Jon ‘Yoh’ Landwer going their seperate ways after the ‘Stars In My Eyes’ single in 1983.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Can’t Take It’ Split 7″ Single [1981 W/ Newmatics Ripper Rip013]
  • ‘See Me Go’/’Till I Die’ 7″ Single [1981 Propeller Rev8]
  • See Me Go Ep [1981 Propeller Rev8x]
  • ‘Sunday Boys’/’At At’ 7″ Single [Propeller Rev15]
  • ‘”F” Is For Fear’/’Orson Welles’ 7″ Single [1982 Propeller Rev18]
  • If This Is Paradise, I’ll Take The Bag [1982 Propeller Rev203]
  • ‘Stars In My Eyes’/’Days Go By’ 7″ Single [1983 Propeller Rev22]
  • Stars In My Eyes 12″ Ep [1983 Propeller Rev22x]
  • Stars In My Eyes [Compilation 1992 Propeller Rev501]

Awards Etc
RIANZ Awards 1981


  • Most Promising Group Of The Year: Screeming Meemees

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Scribe

Back in the early 00s, Scribe was a Christchurch lad, struggling to make his name on the local hip-hop scene. Tied to student radio station RDU and their various hip-hop shows and events along with buddy and Christchurch turntablism long-stayer Ali. When Ali formed the annual hip-hop summit out of Aranui and New Brighton, Scribe (along with the likes of Verse 2 and Shee-Lah-Roc) stood out as pivotal figures in the local, quickly expanding scene.

With the relocation of the hip-hop scene to Auckland in 2001, Ali and Scribe developed stronger ties with North Island crews – and over the course of the next few months tracks (‘Scribe 2001’, ‘Synchronise Thoughts’) starter appearing from rising DJ (and then C4 music-tv presenter) P-Money featuring Scribe. Pretty soon Scribe had his own record deal with Dirty records – a spin-off from Universal music specifically aimed to capture the exploding New Zealand hip-hop scene.

Over the course of later 2003 and in to 2004, Scribe became the biggest hip-hop act in New Zealand history, with a series of top-selling singles, punctuated by Not Many, an infectious vocal-remix of a track originally intended as just an intro that started a bit of a phenomenom, with the phrase ‘Not Many / If Any’ probably going down as the most memorable lyric of the past decade in New Zealand music. Scribes platinum-selling ascension was still rising in later 2004 with a successful venture to Australia, and an APRA song-writer of the year (collaboratively with P-Money) for ‘Not Many’.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Crusader [2003 Dirty 337432]
  • ‘Stand Up’ Cd Single [2003 Dirty]
  • ‘Not Many (The Remix)’ 12″ [2003 Dirty]

Awards Etc
APRA Awards 2004


  • Silver Scroll: Scribe And P-Money – ‘Not Many’

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Scuzzbuckets

As the name suggests, a scuzzy rock’n’roll outfit from Christhurch, part of the Hi-Tone Destroyers / Ape Management crowd that released singles on Kato during the mid to late 90s.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Heartmeat’/’Freeloadin’/’Horny As Fuck’ 7″ Single [Kato Kato 8]

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Second Child

Low-profile Wildside rock outfit comprised of [future solo artist] Damien Binder, Chris Van De Geer, Theo Jackson, Luke Casey and Isaac Tucker.
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Secret Safari

Much like Headshy, Secret Safari is essentially a lathe-cut only label, with connections to the unearthing underground resource and Paul Hirsts’ fine Teledu Records mail-order records website. Secret Safari was one of Hirst’s labels (along with the long-running Spotty Dog) that he formed while running the ‘Pretty On The Inside’ record-store in Palmertson North, and has continued as a mail-order service since he relocated to Melbourne.

Hirst describes the label as the more improvisational side of the Headshy / Spotty Dog axis, with a primarily improv focus from the likes of artists Birchville Cate Motel, Lugosi, and the original Palmerston North roster of Bongo Bunny, Schawami and She Camel Of God.

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  • Secret Safari Website [Official Website]

  • Secret Safari Email [Label Email]

  • +61 3 9387 2668 [Phone Number]

  • Secret Safari

  • Po Box 2028

  • Brunswick East

  • Vic 3057

  • Australia [Postal Address]